The Yen Restaurant Taipei W Hotel was the best restaurant in Taipei that we tried during our recent trip there. This fine dining Chinese restaurant at the top of the W Hotel in the Xinyi District of Taipei is currently ranked by TripAdvisor as the #3 of 12,163 restaurants in Taipei. There is currently no Taipei Michelin Guide list of restaurants but there are expectations for a first edition – 2018 Taipei Michelin Guide (see Straits Times story Taipei to get its first ever Michelin guide). We are pretty sure Yen Restaurant Taipei will do very well when the Michelin Guide get published for the city.
Axis Bar and Lounge may not sound like a genteel institution for the traditional afternoon tea but Mandarin Oriental’s Axis is one of the best places in Singapore to enjoy bite-sized treats between sips of tea or coffee. Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental’s Axis Bar & Lounge is a luxurious treat. In the day, Axis Bar and Lounge is bright and airy and has a sophisticated charm – a relaxed lounge to enjoy classic teas and special blends with delectable pastries, scones and sweets.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The wisdom of this old adage is not lost on the banks seeking to reward the loyalty of their clients. DBS treats their treasured customers at Singapore Changi airport where the two exclusive Asia Treasures lounges feed the customers before they fly. Privileged banking customers of United Overseas Bank get birthday treats. Those who meet some thresholds get a dinner at a top sushi restaurant for a UOB birthday treat. A dinner for two at Shinji by Kanesaka. Those of us who do not meet their criteria can still enjoy the experience as a dining companion. I had dinner at Shinji Carlton Hotel which is the newer of the two Shinji restaurants in Singapore. The other one is at St Regis Hotel. The Raffles Hotel outlet has closed.
Ards Restaurant Singapore is a new restaurant at Duxton Hill, Tanjong Pagar. It is helmed by two young chefs who have worked at some big name restaurants. The letters “a r d s” stand for Asia, roots, distinct and singular. Chefs Ace Tan and David Lee seek to create a distinctive fine dining restaurant that reflects their Asian roots. According to their website, “Our mission is to leave you thinking, “You have not been to Asia if you have not been to Ards”. A bold mission statement. I am not sure they succeeded in leaving us with that feeling after our lunch at Ards Restaurant Singapore. What they did succeed was to give us a great lunch experience and left us thinking that this could be the best new restaurant 2017 in Singapore that we have tried.
Which is the best restaurant for birthday celebration in Singapore? After attending a recent birthday celebration at Les Amis, we have concluded that it is one of the best restaurants to celebrate a special occasion in Singapore. Our lunch was held in a private room on the upper level at Les Amis and it was an afternoon of food and fun.
When it comes to selecting an Italian restaurant, there is a multitude of excellent places in Singapore. Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, located in Purvis Street, is a good example of a fine Italian eatery. Combining traditional Italian cuisine with a stylish contemporary setting, Garibaldi has become one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Singapore, even before it was awarded One Michelin Star in 2017.